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Rome Catacombs Tour: with St Clement & Temple of Mithras (Small-Group of 7)

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Venture beneath the lofty churches and bustling city streets of Rome to discover the ancient mysteries of the Domitilla catacombs. Follow in the footsteps of early Christians as you explore this underground network of tunnels and burial chambers, and marvel at the macabre. You’ll also discover thousands of years of spirituality at an underground Mithraic temple, a pagan sanctuary buried under the famous Basilica of St. Clement.
  • Uncover spiritual secrets and ancient archaeology beneath the city streets
  • Descend beneath the medieval Basilica of St. Clement
  • See where some of the earliest Christians gathered in the ruins of a pagan Mithraic temple
  • Wander through a labyrinth of tunnels and burial chambers in the ancient Domitilla catacombs
Meet your guide at the Circus Maximus metro stop in the morning, and begin your underground journey at the medieval Basilica of St. Clement, built atop thousands of years of spiritual history. Venture beneath the church to the remains of a 4th-century Romanesque basilica, built atop a 1st-century temple to the pagan deity Mithras. This unique layered archaeology allows you to view the physical evolution of Christianity, from its earliest clandestine formation.

Make a final descent beneath the city streets into the Domitilla catacombs—- Rome’s oldest and best-preserved catacombs, and the only labyrinth to still contain human remains. Learn about the history of this extensive network of tunnels and burial chambers, abandoned during the Middle Ages and only recently rediscovered in the 16th century. Feel the weight of history as you admire 2nd-century frescoes and step into a captivating underground basilica, before saying farewell to your guide back in the daylight.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Catacombe di Santa Domitilla
Journey 50ft under the earth to the labyrinthian Catacombs of Domitila. See the burial grounds of Ancient Rome – where both the pagan and Christian dead were buried. Enjoy unusual examples of late pagan art, both Christian and Roman, cheek by jowl.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Basilica of San Clemente
The Mediaeval Basilica of St. Clement is a delight in and of itself, but their underground is a revelation. Go below to find a 4th century Roman Basilica and, as if that wasn’t impressive enough, a Temple of Mithras; home of a strange Roman mystery cult, who practiced bizarre rituals…
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Underground Rome
Discover the hidden treasures of Rome's underground in the Catacombs of Domitilla and below the Basilica of St. Clement.
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the maximum group size during Rome Catacombs Tour: with St Clement & Temple of Mithras (Small-Group of 7)?
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This activity will have a maximum of 7 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Rome Catacombs Tour: with St Clement & Temple of Mithras (Small-Group of 7).

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Really interesting
Curiosity48462796767
, Oct 2019
This tour was super-interesting. We learned about early Christian symbolism and practices and got a thorough chance to explore a 'layered' church, as buildings were often built on top of each other. Guide was knowledgeable and very pleasant. My only suggestion would be to provide better instructions on the meeting point. Both parties that were on this tour were looking for the guide at a different spot, though we got it figured out eventually.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear Curiosity4, Thank you very much for your feedback regarding our Catacombs Tour. We appreciate your honesty regarding our meetingpoint information and try currently provide a PDF file with the address where the guide will meet the customer alongside of a photo of the meetingpoint and emergency contact details in case assistance is required. If you have any other recommendations, please do share your suggestion with us by e-mail as we want the information provided to be comperhensible for everyone. Good to hear that you eventually managed to locate the guide and found the tour informative, discovering Rome's different layers of history = )
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First Time in Rome!
ndhvvo
, Oct 2019
I will start off by saying that I'm usually not a big fan of guided tours: I like to do things at my own pace. Nevertheless, I'm really happy that my Mom and I signed up for this guided tour because it was awesome! We didn't have any problems finding the meeting point for the start of the tour and it was great to be in a small group. This gave us a chance to ask the guide any follow up questions about the catacombs and each person in the group could really take in the sights that he/she was seeing. The description of the tour says that it lasts about 3 hours and I'd think that it might scare some people away. No need to worry about that. There's so much to see that the time spent on this tour really flies by. I think our group got lucky because we got to all of the three stops because the larger groups got there: this gave us a chance to look at things closely and perhaps spend a little more time at certain stops. Our tour guide, Beatrice, was awesome. Great personality and very informative. You could tell that she's passionate about the history of her city and is happy to share it with others. If you are planning a trip to Rome (and you should because it's totally worth it), I'd highly recommend doing this tour in a small group. It's better to visit these specific sites with a guide who's educated in the subject. You'll be able to learn more and fully appreciate the things that you are seeing around you and their significance. Once again, thank you very much to our awesome tour guide and to the city of Rome for this wonderful experience!
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Dear ndhvvo, Lovely to hear that Beatrice sparked your interest for the catacombs. The small group tour does enable our guide to interact with our guests on a more personal level, and makes manouvring through the catacombs a lot easier as well! The Catacombs tour lasts approximately 3 hours and visits multiple sites to show our guests different aspects of Rome's extensive history. You are very welcome, I am sure Beatrice loved sharing her knowledge with you, and we at Roma Experience would love to show you more of Rome's beauty upon return!
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Rome Catacombs
Mary F
, Aug 2019
It was disappointing that we couldn't take pictures but it was nice to see in person. The guide was very informative.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2019
Dear Mary F, Thank you very much for taking the time to provide us with feedback on our beloved Tour of the Catacombs! Great to read you enjoyed the small group setting and visiting these monuments with our professional guide. It is indeed true that to preserve the monument some of the Catacombs do indeed have parts where you are not allowed to make photographs. We understand your disappointment but are unfortunately obglibate to oblige by the rules set by the individual sights visited during the tour. We hope that nevertheless you were able to enjoy the experience and would love to show you around more of Italy's remarkable sights upon return!
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Brilliant
jljbaker
, Jul 2019
This is a wonderful tour, so interesting, you can imagine yourself stepping back in time and experiencing living life many centuries ago. Our tour leader was brilliant.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Jljbaker, Our Rome Catacombs Tour: with St Clement & Temple of Mithras is a lovely way to escape the Italian heat for a while and going underground with a professional guide to discover the hidden secrets of Rome! Lovely to read you found our tourleader to be an expert in their field, we know how much of a difference that can make to a tour! Thank you very much for sharing your kind words with us!
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Catacombs OK
Brice L
, May 2019
Our last tour in Rome was on May 23 with Vincenzo. He was very knowledgable and well-spoken, We went to the Catacombs of Domitillo. The small underground chapel was interesting and the 30 minutes we spent looking at the catacombs was informative, but only 4 of our group of 5 could see what he was pointing out. Perhaps I expected more, but there wasn’t much to see. We spent most of our time in the Basilica of St. Clemente that was fascinating, but even more in the Temple of Mithras below which seemed to mean the most to our guide. The guide was good, but the tour itself just didn’t have that much of interest compared with other experiences in Rome over 10 days. Perhaps I should have read more about the catacombs, but I expected to learn more about the lives of the people interred there. All the remains were removed centuries ago.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Dear Brice L, Thank you for sharing you honest feedback with us, this will give us a chance to impove in the future. We are sorry that the Catacombs tour was not able to mesmorize you in the way the other Roman monuments did during your ten day stay in our beautiful country. Our professional tour guides work hard every day to share their passion for these magical sights, but I can absolutely understand that one would appeal to you more than the other. As the catacombs are underground and often narrow it can indeed be a challenge to make sure everyone gets to see everything first hand, and we apologize if in this case Vincenzo regardless of his profound knowledge was not able visualize everything to everyone. Thank you for giving us feedback and therby the chance to grow
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Francesca was an excellent guide. Very...
James K
, Nov 2018
Francesca was an excellent guide. Very good English, knowledgeable about the sites (which are amazing, must see), the city, and its history. They ran the tour even though there were only 2 of us. When I called the tour operator with a question, the person who answered the phone spoke good English, too. None of the sites allow photographs, so leave the big cameras in the hotel safe.
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Really good guide - they still ran the...
Sandra H
, Jan 2018
Really good guide - they still ran the tour even though there was only 2 of us

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